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    been a pleasure vs was a pleasure teaching

    I'm sure this question has been asked before. To not do digging in the forum, I'll shortcut by asking it once again.

    1) "It's been a pleasure teaching you."

    2) "It was a pleasure teaching you."

    I asked my teacher about the difference in meaning between the sentences. He said he would use the first sentence if he knew there were some odds that he might be teaching our class next semester, whereas he would use the second sentence if he didn't know whethter he would teach us next semester. Would this be accurate?
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    Re: been a pleasure vs was a pleasure teaching

    I would use the former if my teaching had recently finished and the latter if the teaching was further in the past.

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    Re: been a pleasure vs was a pleasure teaching

    So it's got nothing to do with whether something might or might not continue in the future, right?

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    Re: been a pleasure vs was a pleasure teaching

    If there is a possibility of teaching them in the future, then the present perfect makes sense. does the teaching have a connection to the present- if it's recently finished or may start again, then it does, so the present perfect works IMO.

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